Room Dividers for the In-Garage Home Gym

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Vector Folding ScreenWe talk a lot about how room dividers can define a space.  And one of the most unique ways I’ve seen them serve this purpose is in the garage.  Yep!  The garage.  Many of us do not have room in the house for all of our home gym equipment, and so it is relegated to the garage.

This has its benefits as well, for example it gives you a somewhat quiet space to work out and you don’t have to look at big cardio machines and free weights while you are inside the house.  But let’s face it, the garage can be, well, somewhat less appealing, aesthetically speaking.  A great way to carve out a true home gym space in your garage is with a room divider.  Here’s how to do it, and some other tips for creating a fun, inspiring vibe in your home gym.

  1. Choose a room divider that will withstand the cold and moisture fluctuations.  Ideally it should be an outdoor rated room divider, but if your garage is insulated and sealed from winter precipitation, you could probably get away with a wooden or fabric model (do not use rice paper screens in the garage, they will attract all moisture).  My first pick would be the Vector Folding Screen, which has a polyester fabric cover that slips over the top  and an ultra modern design.  The clean look of this room divider makes it a great choice for the contemporary gym environment.
  2. Dress up the space with inspirational posters, maybe a meditation corner or focal point, and lots of padding for getting down on that concrete floor.
  3. Finish the look with lighting and an area rug.  For the lamp, find one with adjustable heads (ideally two or three), so that you can point light around where you need it.  And the area rug should, again, be rated for outdoor use, or at least made of a durable yet natural material to stand up to some of the moisture.
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Fall Inspired Room Dividers

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Natural Willow 3 Panel Floor ScreenFall is a great time to add a special piece to your home decor.  And I can’t think of anything more special than a room divider – it is really the icing on the cake once you have worked hard to decorate a room.  There are many ways to get an autumn look out of your room divider, here are some of my favorite ways:

1.  Natural materials – Fall makes me think of long walks outside with leaves falling all around.  Basically fall makes me think of trees.  If you can find a room divider made of natural materials, like this Natural Willow 3 Panel Floor Screen which is a truly beautiful tribute to autumn, that is a great way to go!

2.  If the idea of twigs in your living room is just too much for you, how about simply incorporating fall colors into your decorating with a folding screen in autumn hues:  think rusty reds, golden yellows, subtle oranges and any soft shade of brown.

3.  Leaves – Look for a room divider with leaves painted, printed, sewn on to it.  Or make your own by adding leaves to strings and hanging a simple garland to your already beautiful room screen.

4.  Photographic print room dividers are another great choice when you are looking for a more obvious decorating theme such as a season.  Look for stretched canvas prints of fall leaves, forests, small woodsy animals or anything else that screams fall to you!

Most of all, enjoy this beautiful time of year when we watch one beloved season change itself into the next!

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Canopy Beds: Old Fashioned Room Dividers?

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Metal Canopy Bed with CurtainsI never really thought about it before but room dividers have probably been around longer than we think…In the form of canopy beds!  A canopy bed has a built in room divider (or four, depending on how you look at it).  Nowadays, we think of canopy beds as the stuff of kids, but truly even a master bedroom can withstand this old fashioned bedroom decor item, as long as the room is big enough to make sure that the scale is right for the bed.

A great way to get around this problem is with a full size bed, like this Full Size Metal Canopy Bed with Curtains.  These beds have curtains that act as a room divider, providing privacy where needed, but also style and a dramatic look in any bedroom space.

A canopy bed creates an oasis in the middle, side or corner of your bedroom where you are free to dream, draw, write and read (not to mention sleep) in peace.  It is a great solution for teens who must share a bedroom, or simply a beautiful style point to include in your own bedroom decor scheme.

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Room Dividers for the Patio

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Outdoor ScreenAlthough fall is just about two weeks away, most of us will enjoy sunny, warm weather well into October this year.  It’s not too late to enjoy those last few moments out on the patio with the help of an Outdoor Screen!  A room divider used outside should specifically designed for that.  Use caution when using an indoor model.  For example, it may be tempting to use a shoji screen to separate your porch from the garden, but the rice paper panels will quickly absorb moisture, dew and get ruined, while a fabric screen will attract mildew rapidly.

Have fun with your outdoor decor and enjoy these last few weeks of summer outside, where nature intended.

This outdoor screen is designed just for use outside, all-weather, using powder coated steel for rust prevention and fabric that is UV, fade and mildew resistant.  An outdoor screen can serve three functions:

  1. Privacy.  Especially if you live in close quarters with neighbors, say in an apartment or condo, a tall screen can provide just the right amount of privacy when you are not feeling chatty, and can be taken down instantly as well when you want to let some more light in, which brings me to function #2:
  2. Shade.  We don’t always get to choose the amount of shade that our house comes with, and waiting for a tree to grow tall and provide relief from the sun can take years.  Enter the room divider.  Move these portable screens around with you to create a shady, cool spot anywhere you want it.
  3. Decor – the beautiful color options available with this outdoor screen allow for a pop of color on your patio or out in your garden.  This is one of the easiest ways to dress up any outdoor space as most gardens are limited to traditional variations on green.

Have fun with your outdoor decor and enjoy these last few weeks of summer outside, where nature intended.

 

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